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Junior Sailing Program Overview

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Class Descriptions

Morning Opti Programs: This program is designed to teach children aged 7-11 how to sail Optis, a small, single-handed dinghy. Participants in this program meet Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  The program has three groups: Snappers, Barracudas and Dorados.  Participants must provide their own Opti.

Opti Development Team: New for 2020, this program is for advanced Opti sailors who have successfully completed the Morning Opti Program at RYC or equivalent. This program runs Monday to Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. All participants take part in the Captains Harbor series. Fun Days will be dispersed throughout the season based on the regatta schedule. Participants must provide their own Opti. 

Opti Race Team: New for 2020, this program is for our most advanced Opti sailors with a heavy racing focus. Sailing Director approval required for all participants. Participants are required to have successfully completed at least one year on our Opti Development Team (formerly PM Optis) or be recommended to the program by our Sailing Director. This program runs Monday to Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Participants take part in the Captains Harbor series and all appropriate JSA regattas. Fun Days will be dispersed throughout the season based on the regatta schedule. Participants must provide their own Opti. 

Intro to C420 / Feva: This program provides an introduction to Fevas and C420s.  Participants must also be participating in an 8 week afternoon sailing class at RYC.  The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

Feva Racing: Our Feva class is focused on improving racing and double handed boat-handling skills. Practices will cover racing skills and strategy including asymmetrical spinnaker technique, racing tactics, boat speed, and the "Racing Rules of Sailing". Regatta travel encouraged. You must have your own boat and sailing partner for this program. Ages 12-17yrs or Sailing Director approval. Prerequisite: An afternoon sailing class or Sailing Director recommendation. Subject to JSA age/weight requirements or waivers. This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own Feva. Each participant requires a partner, but please do not let that discourage you from registering as we will work with you and other interested 420 sailors to find a partner.  

C420 Racing: Our C420 class is an advanced racing class focused on improving racing and double handed boat-handling skills. Practices will include spinnaker and trapeze techniques, tactics, starting strategies, and boat speed. Regatta travel encouraged. You must have your own boat and sailing partner for this program. Ages 14-17yrs or Sailing Director approval. Prerequisite: Feva, Laser, or Sailing Director recommendation. Subject to JSA age/weight requirements or waivers. This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own C420. Each participant requires a partner, but please do not let that discourage you from registering as we will work with you and other interested 420 sailors to find a partner.  

Laser Racing: Our Laser class is designed for sailors who have completed their Opti career and who wish to continue sailing in a single-handed class. Practices will include racing tactics, starting strategies, and boat speed. Regatta travel encouraged. Participants in this program must provide their own Laser. Ages 14-17yrs or Sailing Director approval. Prerequisite: An afternoon sailing class or Sailing Director recommendation. Subject to JSA age/weight requirements or waivers. This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own Laser.

Recreational Sailing Program: This program is offered as either a 4-week or 8-week session, Mondays to Fridays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The class is open to 10-17 year olds with three years of sailing experience or with Sailing Director approval. Participants will use Hobie Waves, 420s and RS Fevas. The emphasis is the fun and adventurous side of sailing. Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

Taste of Sailing: This program gives non-sailors aged 10-17 a chance to try sailing.  The program runs as a 1-week session from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Participants can sign up for up to 3 weeks. Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

Jr Big Boat: This program is for the serious sailor who wishes to learn how to race big boats offshore.  Participants must be aged 14-17.  The program will include both practical big boat sailing/racing and a navigation theory class.

Communication

Please come for a Q&A meeting in February in the main RYC Clubhouse - exact date for 2020 to come. Our Sailing Director and Jr Sailing Chairs will be there to answer all of your questions including how to register, which class is right for your child, what equipment is needed and more. In addition, a mandatory meeting will be held for all enrolled Jr Sailors with their parent(s) in June - exact date for 2020 to come.

Our primary means of communication during the summer will be through email and the Junior Program website. Please check your email regularly once the summer begins. Our Sailing Director and instructors are always available to discuss your child’s sailing progress and any other concerns you may have.

We look forward to a safe and successful 2020 season!

Safety Equipment

The following safety equipment is mandatory for all sailors participating in the RYC Junior Sailing Program: a USCG-approved life vest with attached whistle, sun block, hat, water bottle, sunglasses and closed-toe shoes.  All boats and sailing equipment must pass safety check-in before they can be used in the program. A full list is available in the Junior Sailing Handbook.

Notes on Weather

We hold Jr Sailing on all scheduled program days. On no wind or stormy days, Jr Sailors will participate in sailing-related arts and crafts or games, swimming, and playing on the lawn or beach. On very hot days please be sure to send enough water and a reusable water bottle to be refilled throughout the day. Please be sure to check the weather daily and send any clothing or gear items you child may need. We do go sailing in the rain.

Volunteers

The RYC Sailing Program relies on parent volunteers during the spring and summer to help make this program a success. There are many different ways to help: Parent of the Day, helping out at RYC hosted JSA regatta, photographing sailors for the end of program slide show, chairing or co-chairing an event, or serving on a committees. Please contact us to get involved. 

JSA

The JSA of LIS is the governing body for Junior Sailing in our area. On top of managing the regatta schedule they also provide training for instructors as well as resources for parents and sailors. Please explore the JSA website as it is a wonderful resource.

Here are some links to get you started:

Optimist Class

Feva Class

C420 Class

Laser Class